Night Orders: Poems from Antarctica and the Arctic

2011
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A polar notebook in poetry form. Poetry, prose poetry, notebook entries, photographs and scientific images – graphs, screen grabs, ship tracks – documenting Antarctic and Arctic scientific research voyages, 2005-2009.

‘Magnificent…Part diary and part scientific journal, the book is a breath-taking study of the dynamics and the poetry of ice, a book about the senses and the imagination, about the planet and our own small place on it.’ Morning Star
‘Compelling and spacious… McNeil, a novelist, has a powerful gift for phrases and an ear as fine as an eye for language.’ Poetry Review